2010 NBA Free Agency: Should LeBron James Leave Cleveland?

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIMay 13, 2010

CLEVELAND - MAY 11:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers gets a kiss from his mother while leaving the floor after being defeated 120-88 by the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 11, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With the Cleveland Cavaliers losing to the Boston Celtics in a do-or-die Game 6, one question remains that Cavs fans have been dreading: Will LeBron stay or will he go?

Thus the great debate starts. There are many people saying he should stay, and there are many others that are saying he should go. But which path should he choose? Here is my take on this situation.

Many people are saying that LeBron is one of the best players of all-time and I used to be one of them. But with this new setback I personally do not think that anymore. I have certain criteria that I believe each player has to reach in order to be considered one of the best.

You have to become an MVP, you have to be considered a clutch player, but most importantly, you have to win the NBA Finals.

King James has only one of these requirements. He has won two MVP awards, but other than that he does not really have anything to his name.

He has not won the big one, and the NBA Finals and clutch player requirements go hand-in-hand. Look at the following players and compare their Finals count to James'.

Michael Jordan: 6 NBA Championships

Magic Johnson: 5 NBA Championships

Wilt Chamberlain: 2 NBA Championships

Now LeBron's championship count is zero. He is arguably one of the best regular season players the NBA has seen in a while, but LeBron needs the championship to cement his place as one of the greatest players of all time. And sadly for Cleveland fans, he will not get the greatness in a Cavs uniform. 

Now if I was LeBron, I would head over to Chicago because they have an excellent young nucleus in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, and the Bulls are an up and coming team in a big market. Chicago with LeBron would have the potential to win one, if not two Larry O' Brian trophies. And if LeBron wants greatness, he should go to the "Windy City" of Chicago.